Requiem for OAS
Insulza turned out to be the Judas who would hand the OAS in to its "Cerberus"
This time, the death toll in the Venezuelan jail, by reason of a disciplinary action together with a dozen war tanks, totals 57, and the injured count amounts to 95. Paradoxically, the judicial action that breaks any rule of civility and its aftereffect is not at all a matter of concern for the democratic watchdog, that is, the OAS. Hence, one could infer that it is just another spiritless box of bones, waiting for Christian burial.
In 1826, the perennial union, league and confederation of our emerging republics was resolved in Panama, and the principle of non intervention was enforced, precisely to protect these republics from any action aimed at reverting the new political model and replacing it with the despotic experience managed to be defeated with the arms of freedom.
Nowadays, the Castro brothers and Cuban colonialism are lapping Venezuela up, without our sister republics looking over their shoulders.
In 1948, during the meeting in Bogotá of the Conference that gave birth to OAS, the guideline remained the same. Sovereignty and independence of our republics were preached, as well as their membership with the new hemispheric integration, on the existential condition of respect and maintenance of constitutional democracy.
Consequently, when the Inter-American Democratic Charter was adopted in Lima in 2001, the prevailing mindset was to underscore that a democratic republic is not merely restricted to the issue of majorities. Anyhow, I could hardly imagine that OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza would become the apostle, the Judas, sustained with Venezuela's monies who surrendered the OAS to the "Cerberus," the three-headed hound that guards the gates of an Underworld called 21st Century Socialism.
It is no chance. Yesterday, he put obstacles to the Inter-American Democratic Charter by alleging the principle of non-intervention. Later on, he reversed his words to look after the premises of Caracas-Havana axis when meddling in the constitutional situations of Honduras and Paraguay. Smiling, beside Venezuelan de facto Foreign Minister Elías Jaua, he declares himself unable to deal with the "constitutional change" that finished off our democratic republic and unleashed its first bloodshed. Lastly, he indulges the turned-into consulate, commanded at remote control, and lets the tropical, corrupt monarchy of the Castro brothers gobble up our nation created in 1830 and deprived of any identity.
Notwithstanding, in good timing, he who bought Insulza's position and gave him the money to betray the ideals of the Americas is fatally declining. Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez Frías cannot secure the future. He cannot even tame his ambitious heirs. Nor will he be able to save Insulza from his ostracism in the pages of the hemispheric democratic history. This is it.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.